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ACN Digital Phone Service vs Fonality
Compare ACN Digital Phone Service vs Fonality. Find out whether ACN Digital Phone Service or Fonality is better for your VoIP business or home needs. The experts at VoipReview have analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of ACN Digital Phone Service and Fonality and detailed analysis of the comparison can be found below.
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ACN is a digital phone service provider that offers calling solutions, wireless services, utilities, and more for both residential and business use. For businesses, ACN lets customers choose between either a VoIP service or traditional wireline...
Fonality is a Texas-based provider of VoIP business phone systems, hosted PBX systems, hybrid deployment, and Unified Communications (UC) solutions. They cater to small to medium-sized businesses, but their offerings extend well beyond basic...
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Recent User Reviews
TERRIBLE TELEPHONE COMPANY! Was charged $60.00 for the equipment that I was also not apprised of an extra expense when I connected with the service. Asked why the extra charge and was told it was for equipment. When I went to ask where to return said equipment, it is now an extra charge for starting and there is an extra charge to terminate service. The early termination charge was over $80.00...so that is one hundred and forty more for a really crappy service and equipment that is now more e-waste. Had been assured it would cost no more than the current service with the land line per month, it was ten dollars more per month...with the start up costs and the early end fees it was a lot more than ten bucks a month more. Was disappointed that I had to go through the inconvenience of changing #’s temporarily to port my # and was not pleased to be charged for equipment in order to use ACN's service. I would not have had to pay an extra amount to continue to use a land line without a temporary change in my phone # and I would not have been out of commission to receive calls during this time either. However, I paid this extra expense without complaint, assuming that the inconvenience of the switch and the extra expense would see some benefit to having a digital service over the land line. However, I had a number of times where the phone was not functioning at all so I had no phone service at all and a number of times that I had to wait a lengthly time to dial a number and a number of times where the dial tone was delayed in functioning as well. However, I continued to use the service without complaint on my end, even though I was finding the service much less than satisfactory than the land line that worked without fail. The reason I returned to a land line is because I had an incident with the home alarm company that highlighted the fact that ACN's service was not compatible with our alarm company’s service…and many others as well…without a large expenditure and another dedicated phone line. We have a monitored alarm system that was not in service during the entire time that we were a ACN customer. Had I had a fire, theft or emergency incident I would not have been able to use this service. Had I had issues during the times the phone was out of service entirely, I would have had to go my neighbours for 911 service. During this time my husband was out of town working most of the time and I was alone in the home. I don't use a cel phone, one cel phone bill is enough expense for us. We paid for this security service the entire time without actually having a land line connected to the service. Over 30.00 a month for 11 months for service I was not actually receiving ~ $330.00 for security I was not actually benefitting from because I was an ACN customer. Asked ACN to please, please notify their customers that their monitored alarm systems do not function with this digital service. No feedback. Had I been aware of this issue, I would not have become an ACN customer in the first place. Would expect that this would be an issue with many other customers who also have monitored alarm systems with land lines. Would like to return the ACN equipment and had expected some refund of equipment costs. Nope, there was a large charge to end a dysfunctional relationship. More e-waste in my home needing to go to the recycle centre. Have had other tech companies collect their equipment but ACN likes to download the costs onto everyone else, instead of taking some ownership of the fact that they are creating more e-waste with starting up clients and then very shortly, in my case, having them disconnect services. Had they been a decent service we would have been long term clients and the equipment would have had a lengthly service. Was not going to complain about the fact that I was left unsecured for almost a year (and paid over 300.00 for nothing). The fact that I am not the only one that would not have an alarm system functioning in the home is a larger issue so it's prompting me to add this review. The fact that the story of charges changes to suit them is pretty brutal customer service. The fact that you could be entirely without a phone all together is a pretty big problem with a phone service provider. After my last chat with customer service I don't feel they are interested in communicating the down sides of porting a land line to a digital platform to current or new clients. It would be much better customer service to recognize the safety issues that are not being dealt with in the home. ACN is going to be involved in some court cases for liability issues in the future. This is a terrible company to deal with. Don't compromise your safety - do not deal with them! Having a functioning phone is a basic safety issue.
After a customer of our sold us on ACN for VOIP service we felt inclined to use them since we felt that we owed a customer some return service. This was a huge mistake. They refuse to allow you to add service or additional lines unless the phone equipment is purchased through them, which requires you to purchase phones at a premium price. Far higher than you would purchase anywhere else. They told us that it has to be their phones, because other phones are not programmed with their software. I tested this and purchased an identical model phone on amazon for less than half the price, and it linked into our VIOP system flawlessly. After 2 years of dealing with headaches, problems, a website portal that is the most unfriendly user portal I have ever used, and we use several in our business, and customer service telling us lie after lie to ensure they maximize their profits, we decided to switch to Nextiva. Not only are we getting better service, and much, much, much easier portal access, but we're getting it at a much better price with way better customer support. We needed to access the system base in order to reset the services through Nextiva. Guess what, ACN changed the factory username and password to lock us out of the equipment that WE PAID FOR AND OWN! They refused to give us the username and password to access our equipment and told us that it is company policy. They won't buy back the equipment, and won't allow us to access the equipment. Like I said, a company founded on greed. Force you to purchase their equipment, then lock you out of it. Not a company with honesty or integrity. Call Nextiva or ANY other service! You'll be glad that you did.
I joined a small office that had this phone service. It was fine until NetFortris took over and then everything went downhill. Customer service is incredibly slow. I inquired about issues sending and receiving faxes about a year ago and their response was that we were sending them wrong (we had their instructions and nothing had changed). After weeks, they finally admitted there was a component issue. We couldn't send or receive faxes for over a month. We are currently trying to cancel. Our sub-tenant asked us to cancel their lines and I submitted a request for that - it took NetFortris 12 days to respond to that. We were then able to decide on a new MUCH cheaper phone system with a competitor, and they would not even submit the cancellation until the phones were returned. Well, that's fine, but I've now been waiting 8 days for them to tell me where to send them and issue an RMA. I pointed out to them that since our numbers were ported and phones unplugged, there was no reason to bill us because dragging their feet obviously benefited them - the longer they wait to process the request, process the RMA, and process the cancellation means the longer they can bill us! The system is also complicated as hell. For a small business, we don't have a tech person who can spend time routing and figuring out their system. We moved to Ooma and it was super simple to set up in a fraction of the time. We are also paying less than half what we had been.
Fonality Review Up until recently the Becker Law firm (BLF) had been a loyal customer of Fonality – Netfortis. We were leasing our phones through Fonality, paying $22.00 a month per phone since 2016. Over the course of four years, we paid $5,280 for these phones. However, when something happened to the phone or the phone quality was reduced, it was BLF’s problem and Fonality would not pay to them fixed. This is one of the reasons we ultimately chose to cancel our service with this company. After cancelation of the service we are required to return the phones which was not unusual. During the four years that these phones were in use one of the phone’s was damaged, but it was still in working condition. Fonality/Netfortis wanted us to pay $375.00 for that phone. Not only was it four years old but, also that we had paid $1,056 for that phone over the course of its lifespan. After some research, the value of the telephone was less than $100.00. I called and spoke with a manager at Fonality/Netfortis. While she was pleasant to talk too it still took her days to try to get the matter resolved. When I told them that since I was going to have to buy the telephone, I wanted it returned they charged me to ship it back after I had to pay to ship the telephones to them. During one of my phone calls with Fonality/Netfortis they left me on hold for over an hour, which is unacceptable by any standard. After being left on hold for that amount of time they denied my request to have the phone shipped back to me at cost to them. The primary reason I cancelled my service with Fonality/Netfortis was cost. Our firm was their customer for over four (4) years and when I compared costs, I discovered that not only had the cost of this service declined over that period, but their new customers were paying significantly less than we were. When I inquired of my account representative if they could do something to bring my firm in line with what others in the industry were charging or what they charged new customers, I was told that if I were to go out and get a quote for a comparable service and submit it to them and they agreed that it was comparable, they would match that price. If I did not want to do that work, then they would give me a minimal price reduction but lock me into a long-term contract. I found both of these options unsatisfactory. I did the research they suggested, found a different service provider with more features than Fonality/Netfortis and at a significantly lower cost. I then switched my service to this provider and have been happy. Overall, I am not happy with my service with Fonality/Netfortis and I will not recommend them to anyone.